Some estimates suggest that TMJ disorders affect more than 10 million Americans, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. TMJ disorders appear to be more common in women than men, and can be temporary, but may last for years. So, what are TMJ treatment options and how can you recognize the symptoms?
First, what is TMJ (TMD)?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular (TM) joints. Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) occur as a result of issues with your jaw, jaw joint or surrounding facial muscles that allow you to chew and move your jaw. The disorders are incorrectly called TMJ, which refers to the joints, rather than the disorder.
To determine whether you have TMD, your dentist will closely examine your TMJs for pain or tenderness while listening for clicking, popping or grating sounds while you move your jaw. He or she will also check for any limited range of motion or locking of your jaw while opening and closing it. In some cases, panoramic X-rays will be taken, too.
If your dentist diagnoses you with TMD, he or she may decide to send you to an oral surgeon (maxillofacial surgeon) for more specialized treatment.
Your dentist or oral surgeon may consider several treatment options and will recommend the best one for your case of TMD.
If you are diagnosed with TMD, your dentist or oral surgeon should happily answer any questions you have about treatments. Contact our team of qualified doctors at MyOrthodontist! We are happy to examine and help you make a plan to relieve your pain.
Lots of people suffer from facial pain, and TMD is certainly not always the cause. So what are the symptoms of TMD that warrant a call to your dentist? Symptoms of TMJ, or more correctly, symptoms of TMD include:
If you are having several of these symptoms, or if you have one severe symptom, call MyOrthodontist today to determine whether you have TMD, and to help relieve your discomfort before it gets worse.
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